WELCOME to MICHIGAN

I hope you have a great time visiting us at Genealogy "Michigan" Trails. My name is Christine Walters and I'll be your Host. Lets all explore the places and areas of Michigan that our ancestors chose to settle in. This should prove to be an exciting journey, it will be fun, and along the way we will all get a better understanding of Michigan. It will be a step back in time as we get to know the people that created Michigan and formed it into the beautiful State it now is. I want to encourage anyone who has "Michigan" ties & connections to get in touch with me. We want to hear your stories and take advantage of your personal history of this wonderful State. I need your contributions and I especially need the old history, the information that you can find about all the pioneer families, and naturally - some of the Indian History that is so important to this State. I'm also looking for Obituaries, Biographies and County History.. just about everything is helpful.

I REGRET THAT I AM UNABLE TO DO PERSONAL RESEARCH FOR YOU.
I don't live in Michigan, I don't have the resources and mostly --
I just don't have the time.


Some Michigan Information
The State of Michigan was admitted to the Union on January 26, 1837.

The name "Michigan" is derived from a Chippewa Indian word "meicigama" meaning "great water" and refers to the Great Lakes which hug the shores of the State. Michigan is said to have been first discovered around 1610 and inhabited by the Indians. In the mid 1700's it was claimed by the French - but was ceded to the British until the Revolution when it became part of the United States but we didn't take full possession of it until 1796 and shortly thereafter it became part of the Northwest Territory. Then from 1800 to 1805 it was connected with the Ohio and the Indian Territories. The first American settlers began settling in Michigan about 1796, coming from England but it was not until about 1818 that an appreciable amount of settlers was noticed. 1818 was the first public land sales and the work on the erie Canal attracted many. The completion of the Canal in 1825 added stimula to the immigrants. Its about this time that many came to work on the road construction heading toward Chicago. By 1840 the immigration increased to such an extent that about half of the southern peninsula was cultivated. From 1840 - 1890 there were tens of thousand of workers who came to work in the lumber and mining camps.

COUNTY LIST

ALCONA

ALGER

ALLEGAN

ALPENA

ANTRIM

ARENAC

BARAGA

BARRY

BAY
Host- Brenda Wiesner

BENZIE

BERRIEN
Host- Karen Syed

BRANCH

CALHOUN

CASS

CHARLEVOIX

CHEBOYGAN

CHIPPEWA
Host- Christine Walters

CLARE

CLINTON

CRAWFORD

DELTA

DICKINSON
Host- Mark Seeberg

EATON

EMMET

GENESEE

GLADWIN

GOGEBIC

GR. TRAVERSE

GRATIOT

HILLSDALE

HOUGHTON

HURON

INGHAM

IONIA

IOSCO

IRON

ISABELLA

JACKSON
Host-Jan Stypula

KALAMAZOO

KALKASKA

KENT

KEWEENAW

LAKE

LAPEER

LEELANAU

LENAWEE

LIVINGSTON

LUCE

MACKINAC
Host-Christine Walters

MACOMB

MANISTEE

MARQUETTE

MASON

MECOSTA

MENOMINEE

MIDLAND

MISSAUKEE

MONROE

MONTCALM

MONTMORENCY

MUSKEGON

NEWAYGO

OAKLAND

OCEANA

OGEMAW

ONTONAGON

OSCEOLA

OSCODA

OTSEGO

OTTAWA
Host- Brenda Wiesner

PRESQUE ISLE

ROSCOMMON

SAGINAW
Host- Brenda Wiesner

SAINT CLAIR

ST. JOSEPH

SANILAC

SCHOOLCRAFT

SHIAWASSEE

TUSCOLA

VAN BUREN

 

WASHTENAW

WAYNE
Host- Christine Walters

WEXFORD

 

IMPORTANT MICHIGAN INFORMATON

Biographies

County Origins
Co. Dates/Co. Seats

Courthouses

Death Index 1897 - 1920

Dutch Settlements

Early State History 1869
Early Michigan History
State Info. Timeline

Emigrants Message 1845

MI Official State Website

Facts & Trivia

Governors

Legislature

Lighthouses

Michigan Family Trails
By Diane Gould Hall

Primer of Michigan History
By Wm. J. Cox 1886

Milk Industry

Military
The War of 1812
The Civil War
The Civil War Dead
The Civil War (H. Roach)
Reconstruction 1888
Korean Casualties
Iraq War Casualties
MI Soldiers Living In Iowa

News Articles

Pensioners 1840

Postmarks From The Past
Paul E. Petosky

Prohibition Movement

SCHOOLS Alpha Sigma Fraternity
Colleges & Universities
Eastman National College Hart School-One Room
Pioneer in Education
University of MI 1858

State News - 1822
State News - 1824
State News - 1869
Michigan State Flag

Today in History

Tombstone Symbols

A Trip to Michigan 1841

Underground RR in Michigan

Updates 2014

Websites

The Winebago Visit D.C.


The History of Michigan 1882

From "The History of Macomb County"
Chicago -- M.A. Leeson & Co. 1882

An Account Of Its Settlement, Growth, Development
And Resources; An Extensive And Minute Sketch Of Its Cities, Towns And Villages -- Their Improvements, Industries, Manufactories, Churches, Schools And Societies; Its War Record, Piographical Sketches, Portraits Of Prominent Men and Early Settlers; The Whole Preceded By A History of Michigan, Statistics Of The State, And An Abstract Of Its Laws and Constitution And Of The Constitution Of The United States

CHAPTER 1 & 2



HISTORY of the UPPER PENINSULA of MICHIGAN

A FULL ACCOUNT OF ITS EARLY SETTLEMENT; ITS GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND RESOURCES; AN EXTENDED DESCRIPTION OF ITS IRON AND COPPER MINES.
Transcribed by Debi Hanes

ALSO - ACCURATE SKETCHES Of its Counties, Cities, Towns and Villages,
THEIR IMPROVEMENTS, INDUSTRIES, MANUFACTORIES;
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, PORTRAITS OF PROMINENT MEN
AND EARLY SETTLERS; VIEWS OF COUNTY SEATS, ETC.

CHICAGO:
The Western Historical Company.
A. T. Andreas, Proprietor. 1883.


MICHIGAN HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS
Volume 1

By Michigan Historical Commission
Michigan State Historical Society
Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society

First Social Reunion 24 June 1874



THE IRON HUNTER
by Chase S. Osborn The MacMillian Company, NY
The 1919 autobiography of Michigan governor Chase S. Osborn

Transcribed and Contributed by Mark Seeberg Florence County WI, Winnebago Co IL, and Dickinson Co MI

Chapters  1-15
Chapters 16-26
Chapters 27-40


BENCH AND BAR OF MICHIGAN
THE SUPREME COURT

Edited by Judges Samuel T. Douglas and Benjamin F. Graves 1897

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Here Under The Oaks July 6th, 1854, Was Born
- The Republican Party -
Destined In The Throes of Civil Stribe
To Abolish Slavery Vindicate Democracy And Perpetual The Union
Photo by Thornton Jackson County MI 4 June 1910 - contributed by Paul Petosky

Historical Marker - Under The Oaks -

On July 6, 1854, a state convention of anti-slavery men was held in Jackson to found a new political party. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" had been published two years earlier, causing increased resentment against slavery, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act of May, 1854, threatened to make slave states out of previously free territories. Since the convention day was hot and the huge crowd could not be accommodated in the hall, the meeting adjourned to an oak grove on "Morgan's Forty" on the outskirts of town. Here a state-wide slate of candidates was selected and the Republican Party was born. Winning an overwhelming victory in the elections of 1854, the Republican party went on to dominate national parties throughout the nineteenth century."

NW corner, Second and Franklin streets, Jackson; Under the Oaks (Birthplace of the Republican Party) informational site; S15; February 18, 1956; 1972

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